I like this watercolor by Charity. Watercolor painting has always stymied me, because I rarely time things quite right to get the effect I'm looking for.
Wendell Berry notes that the Peruvian farmers prevent erosion partly through proper timing. They don't plant the fields while the fields are vulnerable to rainfall.
I need to remember this in life, when I try to plant something, try to bring growth. Recently, I was lamenting that I struggle with proper timing in my interactions, almost as much as I struggle with it in watercolor. Somehow I miss the signs that the "field" is too vulnerable to start my digging and planting. And then everything just starts to wash away, and I'm left there looking at an empty field.
In my recent grief over this struggle, I ended up (perhaps by God's own good timing) in Proverbs. Here are the planting suggestions, just as they came to me, drifting in like a mist, to meet me in the emptiness...
A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing personal opinion. (18:2)
If one gives answer before hearing, it is folly and shame. (18:13)
An intelligent mind acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. (18:15)
Desire without knowledge is not good, and one who moves too hurriedly misses the way. (19:2)
That's it. Just a few proverbial farming suggestions, from the Master Farmer himself.
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Watercolor by Charity Singleton. Used with permission.